2015-02-26 / News Briefs


Scholarships Offered

Newport Chamber

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is offering two $500 scholarships to children and grandchildren of Chamber members who are graduating from area high schools. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement and community involvement. Deadline is April 24. For an application visit newportchamber.com.

Mosaic Club Book Award

Applications for the Mosaic Club of Newport County's three $750 book awards are now available in the guidance office at Rogers, Middletown, and Portsmouth high schools. The awards are open to graduating seniors who will be entering college or a vocational, technical or trade school. Awards are based on the following criteria: volunteer and community service, recommendations, and an essay. The deadline is April 24.

Submissions Welcome

Organizations or clubs that offer scholarships to Newport County students are invited to share that information with NTW readers. Email the requirements and deadline to news@newportthisweek.net.

People’s Credit Union

Eight $500 scholarships will be awarded by People’s Credit Union to full-time students currently enrolled in or accepted to a college or university undergraduate program for the 2015 school year. Submissions must be received by April 2. Applications are available online at peoplescu.com or at any of People’s six branch locations located in Middletown, Newport, and Portsmouth.

Semco Orthodontics

Dr. Robert Semco of Semco Orthodontics has announced the second annual “Ten Words or Less” College Scholarship. The award provides $1,000 to be used for expenses associated with freshman year at an accredited college or technical school or to assist high school students in pursuit of higher education.

The sole criterion for the scholarship is to give a creative answer in ten words or less to the question “What is your idea of perfect happiness?” Applicants must be in high school and be a resident of Newport County.

More information can be found at semcoorthodontics.com. Applications are available at Semco Orthodontics, 58 East Main Road, Middletown. The deadline is May 1.

Do you have a treasured item and want to know “what it’s worth?” Send an image, as hi-res as possible, directly to Santi at: drawrm@hotmail.com or 152 Spring St., Newport.

Irish Heritage Association Awards

The Newport Irish Heritage Association is seeking nominations for their Civitas and Fenian awards for 2015. Deadline is April 24. The Civitas Award is presented to a member of the Newport County community of non-Irish descent who is recognized by the association for volunteer service to the community.

The Fenian Award is presented to someone of Irish descent who represents the Irish and Irish culture and traditions in a positive way. Nominations may be sent to the Newport Irish Heritage Association, P.O. Box 3114, Newport, RI 02840.

For more information, visit aohnewport.org.

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

The Newport County YMCA is hosting the second annual Neal La- Chance Memorial 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Sunday, March 22. Neal grew up in Newport and was a longtime member of the YMCA. He was an avid basketball player and a friend to many both on and off the court. The proceeds from this tournament will go towards sports scholarships to benefit youth in Newport County.

There will be three divisions for the 2015 tournament: 6-8th grade, 9-12th grade and an open division (18 and older). There will be a maximum of eight teams per division for this double elimination tournament. No more than four players per team.

Pre-registration must be done at the office and is on first come, first serve basis. Registration fee is $10 per person. T-shirts will be given out to the first 30 teams registered. Trophies will be given out for the top team in each division. For more information, contact Josh Anderson at the YMCA at 401-847-9200 x 113.

ALT Neighborhood Grants

Grant applications are now available for Aquidneck Island organizations and neighborhood groups working to preserve special little open space parcels, improve neighborhood parks, or create community gardens. The Aquidneck Land Trust’s (ALT) Merritt Neighborhood Fund provides grants ranging from $100 to $2,500.

Since the fund was established in 1999, ALT has awarded grants to local groups in Portsmouth, Middletown, and Newport to revitalize parks, fund community gardens, repair and purchase playground equipment, and improve aesthetic value through landscaping.

The deadline for proposals is April 1. Grant applications may be obtained by contacting the ALT at 401-849-2799. A PDF version of the application may be downloaded at ailt.org.

Newport Music Festival Concert

The Newport Music Festival Winter Concert Series continues on Friday, March 6, with Latitude 41 Trio performing at St. Matthew’s Church in Jamestown. The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the concert. Latitude 41 features Bernadine Blaha, Livia Sohn and Luigi Piovano. The group was founded at the Newport Music Festival in 2008 and its title is derived from Newport and Rome sharing the same latitude. Tickets are $30 and available at newportmusic.org or by calling 401-849-0700.

Mother Goose at Rosecliff

Join Mother Goose for an afternoon of fun with Jack and Jill, the itsy bitsy spider, Humpty Dumpty, the Woman from France, and Little Bo-Peep, presented by the dancers of the Island Moving Co. at Rosecliff, March 7 and 8. The perennial favorite ballet is a treat for children and adults and runs one hour, without intermission. Photo opportunities with characters will be available after the show. Performances are Saturday, March 7, at 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, at 1 and 3 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, $15 for children 18 and under. Visit islandmovingco.org for tickets. Mother Goose is for children 3 and up, and strollers are not permitted at Rosecliff.

Save The Bay Swim Registration

Registration for the July 11 Save The Bay swim opens March 2. Nearly 500 swimmers and 200 kayakers made the 1.7 nautical-mile journey last year from Naval Station Newport across the East Passage to Jamestown’s Potter's Cove to raise money for Save The Bay. Swimmers must be 15 years old. To sign up, visit savebay.org.

Marine Career Day

The IYRS School of Technology & Trades and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association will host the annual Marine & Composites Industry Career Day on Saturday, March 7. This one-day event is free to the public and draws employers who attend with one goal in mind: to connect with individuals with the skills and aptitude for careers in the marine and composites industries. Attendees can meet employers from throughout the region, learn about in-demand skills needed to build successful careers, and attend informative seminars. For more information and a list of employers attending the event, visit iyrs.edu/careerday.

New Board Members

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County welcomes four new board members: Mark Horan, Ryan Kirwin, Paul Leys and Frank Newsome.

Mark Horan is the president of Horan Building Company and is coowner of the Newport Gulls baseball team.

Ryan J. Kirwin is Vice President of Residential Lending with Randolph Savings Bank in Stoughton, Mass. He is a past president of Newport Rugby and current president of the Hibernian Hall.

Paul A. Leys is a broker and coowner of the Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty.

Frank Newsome is a behavior specialist at Rogers High School where he is the head varsity football coach and the coach of freshman basketball.

Chamber Expo

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Annual Consumer Expo will be held on Tuesday, March 10, at the Hyatt Regency Newport, from 4 – 7 p.m. Admission is free for Chamber members and their employees. General admission is $3. Free parking is available onsite and also at the Newport Gateway Center, where you can enjoy a hassle free complimentary trolley ride courtesy of Viking Tours. For further information, call Jane Roggero, at 401-847-1608 or visit newportchamber.com.

Little League Fundraiser

The annual Newport Little League baseball and softball fundraiser will be held Friday, March 6, from 7 -10 p.m. at La Forge Restaurant. There will be raffles, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, music, and a cash bar. Tickets are $15 per person and $25 per couple. Tickets will be available at the door and may also be purchased online at newportlittleleague.com. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Thompson Middle School’s baseball program.

Majors Clinics

Newport Little League is offering a baseball clinic for youth ages 10-12 who are planning to play in the majors division this year. The clinic will be held at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, 95 Church St., on Monday, March 2, 5 - 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are welcome and needed. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Kevin Weaver at weav18@cox.net.

Softball Workouts

Newport Softball is offering several indoor workouts for girls, ages 7 and up, at the Rogers High School gym through the end of March. Workouts will be held on Saturdays, Feb. 28 and March 7, 21 and 28 from 9-10:30 a.m.

Players will work on the fundamentals of softball, including drills to improve throwing, catching, fielding grounders and fly balls, base running and hitting. Sneakers must be worn - no cleats.

Volunteers are welcome and needed. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Tom Milburn at tburn33@hotmail.com. Visit newportlittleleague.com for cancellations or schedule changes.

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